Cross Country Skiing and Ptarmigans

February 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Location: Burstall Pass, Alberta, Canada
Participants: Sarah, Mclean Patrick Latter
Time: 5 Hours
Weather: -3 °C (26.6 °F)

Directions

Drive south from Canmore on Spray Lakes road for about 45km. There will be turn off for ‘Burstall’ and a large parking lot.

Gear

  • Cross Country Skis
  • Cross Country Boots
  • Cross Country Poles
  • Food
  • Water
  • Warm ski jacket
  • Warm fleece
  • Warm socks (or 2 layers of socks)
  • Toque
  • Thermal underwear
  • Snow-pants or gaiters
  • Gloves

Story

I loved the trail we did last week so we decided to do it again but this time on cross country skis instead of snowshoes. The skis made for a much faster/easier trek, especially coming back, as it was mostly downhill.

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There weren’t to many surprises until we reached the flats and I nearly skied right over one of these guys.

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There were 7 ptarmigans following us down the trail and we hadn’t even noticed. They would run right along side us, periodically stopping at shrubs to eat.

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